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Autumn Garden

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Sam waters the new garden bed
We spent the weekend putting in a raised bed, 4×8, and then filled it with a mixture of topsoil, potting soil, manure and our friends the Zmicks’ fabulous homemade compost. Today Sam and I planted lettuce–Bibb and Black Seeded Simpson–a repeat of last spring. Last spring the seeds germinated in 11 days. What will happen with August plantings?

Sam predicts 11 days, same as the spring. We’ll see. It was pretty hot today– high 80s.

27 August 2012

Sam’s Science Magazine

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Topics include global warming, animals and plants.

Highlights: “If there were no animals the balance of nature would be lopsided.”


“Plants do a process called photosynthesis. This process releases oxygen into the air so we can breathe, then we exhale carbon dioxide for the plants to breathe. That is our way of saying thank you to the plants.”

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June 2012

Slug Trap

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

We made a slug trap. We caught two slugs. We made it by mixing yeast, sugar and warm water.

16 May 2012

Strawberry Picking

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Strawberry picking

at Critzer Farm near Afton Mountain, VA.

11 May 2012

Tomato Plant

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

tomato plant
Today we repotted the tomato plant Scottie and Janet gave us. Sam gave the tomato plant some special food.

9 May 2012


Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Scarecrow head

Our garden isn’t plagued by crows, but still Sam wanted to make a scarecrow head.

11 April 2012

Garden Update

Sunday, August 5th, 2012


1 April 2012

Garden Books that Sam Read

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons

Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story by Linda Glaser

4 April 2012


Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Today we opened the flower press and saw our pressed flowers. They were very pretty. My favorite was the dandelion.

Pressed flowers
pressed flower

We took a walk in the woods to get some more flowers for our press. We found violets, mustard, azaleas, redbud and many violets. We also found lots of flowers we didn’t know the names of.

flower walk

30 March 2012

Seedling Update

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

We repotted the morning glories.

We planted the carrot seedlings outside.

26 March 2012